Paulo Dybala has revealed what he said to Jose Mourinho after the latter’s controversial celebration at the Old Lady.
The Manchester United boss walked onto the pitch and tauntingly cupped a hand to his ear after his side’s dramatic victory over Juventus in the Champions League, which incited furious reactions from the home supporters present at the Allianz Stadium.
Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci was quick to approach Mourinho to stop the Portuguese tactician from celebrating, and the Italy international was soon followed by his fellow teammate Paulo Dybala, who also had a word with the 55-year-old.
While several reports claimed that the Argentinian had verbally insulted Jose, the forward himself has now revealed precisely what he said to the Red Devils’ gaffer.
“I just told him that there was no need to make that gesture,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.
“There was no need to create more tension than there already was, sometimes you get insulted and it’s bad, but to create more tension than there already is… I told him there was no need, I didn’t insult him. I just told him that and left.”
Dybala performed well in both legs against the Mancunian giants, scoring the decisive goal at Old Trafford in the first encounter, whilst coming close to bagging another at the Old Lady, but hitting the post instead.
Questions have been raised over whether the 24-year-old can play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, and Dybala addressed those issues as well, as he explained: “The boss has given us a little more freedom to move around and I think that way we can do more damage to our opponents.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who moves to the left more, but he moves around a lot and in fact the goal I scored in Manchester came from his cross from the right.
“When Mario [Mandzukic] plays he’s more of a reference point, and then there’s also Douglas and [Federico] Bernardeschi, so we have a lot of options in attack.
“I think the coach definitely finds it difficult to put all of us in, because we’re playing really well and there’s a really good level in attack. I don’t think it’s easy for him.”